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on 12 December 2012
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Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Alejandro Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Mr. Bongo Films.

The high-definition transfer appears to have been sourced from the new master French distributors Wild Side Films prepared for Santa Sangre. It looks very similar to the one Severin Films used for their release of the film in the U.S., but there are obvious differences. On the U.S. release brightness levels appear to have been elevated quite a lot, at times making the film look pale. Here the brightness levels are better balanced, and the variety of blacks, blues, grays, and reds looking a lot healthier and better saturated. There are no traces of excessive sharpening. Grain is visible, but some of it is also mixed with light noise. Occasionally, some light compression artifacts also pop up, especially where natural light is in abundance. There are no serious stability issues. Large debris, damage marks, stains, and big scratches are nowhere to be seen. All in all, though slightly uneven, this is a very good presentation of Alejandro Jodorowsky's cult film. I also prefer the overall look of this release over the U.S. release mentioned above. (Note: This is a Region-Free Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you will be able to play it on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location. For the record, there is no problematic PAL or 1080/50i content preceding the disc's main menu)
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on 23 December 2012
Santa Sangre isn't your typical horror movie. Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1989 Mexican-Italian film (which is in English) brings us into a terrifying world. The story is about madness brought upon by trauma and how it leads to the destruction of the lives of more than a dozen others. Unlike some horrors that celebrate evil, this movie condemns it.

The story begins with a naked man perched on a large dead tree in the room of an asylum. The hospital staff offers him regular food or a dead fish, and seeing the dead fish decides to jump down to eat. From there, the story flashes back to when he was a boy and experienced a bizarre childhood.

Fenix and his parents were in the circus, his father being a hypnotist and his mother being an acrobat. There is a lot of tension between his parents because the Tattooed Woman and his father are having an affair, which leads to the downfall of the family. Fenix's mother also belongs to the cult of the murdered woman with no arms, which is oddly connected to the way she is killed. Fenix did not have a normal childhood and as I suggested, it contained enough trauma to drive him mad. But the events of his past are just the beginning. In the present, Fenix is haunted by his past and recreates and relives the trauma creating quite a bloodbath.

Santa Sangre is one of the most unusual movies you will ever see. While the entire story has a surrealistic feeling and presents things that are atypical, pushing our reality into a strange place. It is equally visually beautiful as it is shockingly horrific. It is clearly a film with artistic flair, but can even appeal to even those who despise art films. This is a movie much like an unforgettable experience -- it lingers with us far longer than the mundane events of our lives.
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on 18 April 2013
Santa Sangre is one of the best horror films of the 1980s. It is visually breathtaking in every scene and uses the backdrop of the circus perfectly in the first 40 minutes of its story. There are so many setpiece scenes to discuss: the elephant funeral, the dead brides in white, the ultraviolent murder of the tattooed lady, Felix dressing as the invisible man ...

An moving, surreal and epic film with plenty of gore and a story loosely based on a real life serial killer.

The UK blu-ray from Mr Bongo has much better picture than the US release from Severin. Severin's release is really milky and the colours are faded but Mr Bongo's release has really rich colours and deep blacks. It looks magnificent and sounds great too. Extras include "Jodorowsky Constellation" feature length documentary, directors commentary, new 30 minute documentary on Jodorowsky and more.

Region free.
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on 26 June 2015
Bizarre doesn't even cover the half of it. Mesmerising, amazing and beautiful will have to do. Lie back, enjoy and let it wash over you.
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on 8 November 2015
Not Jodorowsky's finest effort, but worth a look for enthusiasts with time to kill
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on 5 February 2013
This director doesn't make easy to watch movies but full of symbolism and inviting to reflexion ones. This one deals with one of the most complex relationships -mother and son- and shows the potential damage disfuntional lives can create, it also shows how the power of love can subside such damage and reconnect beings with its inner goodness.
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on 25 February 2014
I can't say it better than the other reviewers so i will simply say that i highly recommend this film a true gem
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